The Role of Governor

The Governing Body

When considering the powers, duties and responsibilities of the School's Governing Body as a whole, note must be taken of the following two-part definition contained in the 'Guide to the Law for School Governors' :

  • ‘The Governing Body has general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement' (Section 21, Education Act 2002)
  • ‘Governors should act at all times with honesty and integrity and be ready to explain their actions and decisions to staff, pupils, parents and anyone with a legitimate interest in the school'.


The second part of the overall definition is clearly stating that accountability is at the heart of school governance. In 'The Toolkit for Effective Governance, 2004', the purpose of accountability has been summarised in a very helpful way, as follows:

  • Assuring high standards of education
  • Ensuring value for public money by demonstrating efficient and appropriate allocation of resources
  • Ensuring effective school management and organisation
  • Ensuring that everything is done and everyone is operating to common, agreed aims and objectives